Definition of disturbed in US English:

disturbed

adjective

  • 1Having had its normal pattern or function disrupted.

    ‘disturbed sleep’
    • ‘Other symptoms that are common include sensitivity to light, noise and smell; disturbed sleep patterns and persistent headaches.’
    • ‘My son is having disturbed sleep because he says a man is in his room.’
    • ‘They also showed that after he drank alcohol his sleep pattern was disturbed.’
    • ‘If the second tablet is taken too close to bedtime, it may cause disturbed sleep.’
    • ‘So, delirious, I drifted in and out of a very disturbed sleep and woke this morning at 9: 00-still with that immense headache.’
    • ‘Obstruction to breathing causes snoring and disturbed sleep patterns.’
    • ‘It is rare, however, for this condition to cause dizziness alone and there are usually other symptoms of disturbed brain function.’
    • ‘The daytime hypersomnolence is related to their disturbed sleep.’
    • ‘Besides insomnia and disturbed sleep, snoring is a common phenomenon.’
    • ‘Her angel shook in his sleep, suddenly disturbed.’
    • ‘Parents indicated that disturbed sleep and episodes of distress were more relevant outcomes.’
    • ‘He complained of disturbed sleep and difficulty in swallowing which had coincided with the injury he sustained at work the previous week.’
    • ‘Sleep may be another intervention domain to target, especially since disturbed sleep can negatively impact distress levels.’
    • ‘They cited some science that you and I already know, confirming the reality of the coffee withdrawal headache and disturbed sleep.’
    • ‘Loss of sex-drive and disturbed eating patterns - either loss of appetite or eating too much - are also common.’
    • ‘Regular patterns of disturbed soil as well as the minefield markers and fences may all give an indication of recent activity.’
    disrupted, interrupted, fitful, disconnected, discontinuous, intermittent, fragmentary, broken
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    1. 1.1 Suffering or resulting from emotional and mental problems.
      ‘the treatment of disturbed children’
      ‘disturbed behavior’
      • ‘Some severely disturbed firesetters engage in self-harm.’
      • ‘There will always be need for secure accommodation for the most disturbed and disruptive young people.’
      • ‘Langen said his father's mental state became so disturbed that he was even homeless for a time.’
      • ‘The inquiry established that there is an appalling level of disturbed mental health among the children.’
      • ‘‘I am deeply disturbed and so very sorry for my actions,’ he said.’
      • ‘This time it's child protection workers reporting children suffering suicidal thoughts, depression and disturbed behaviour.’
      • ‘This aspect of body image is often neglected in the research, but has important implications for therapy with clients with disturbed body image.’
      • ‘If they were asking the important question of what can cause disturbed behaviour in children they should have explored the issues more fully.’
      • ‘She was known for her ability to teach blind and mentally challenged or emotionally disturbed children, and juvenile delinquents.’
      • ‘An information blackout imposed on the Government's actions was indicative of a disturbed conscience.’
      • ‘Added to the system were special classes and treatment opportunities for the emotionally disturbed.’
      • ‘Reports submitted by two psychologists told of bouts of depression and a history of disturbed behaviour.’
      • ‘Internal reliability of the CDI has been demonstrated with both normal and emotionally disturbed children.’
      • ‘I had believed that it was Robbie that had caused her disturbed behavior only just yesterday.’
      • ‘The chaotic design of the robe suggests Bruno's disturbed mental state and the anarchy he will impose upon Guy's life.’
      • ‘A disturbed mental state will often result in an unhappy and ineffective athlete which alone usually indicates overtraining.’
      • ‘‘I could not fully concentrate on the game due to my disturbed mental status,’ he said.’
      • ‘He made a grunting sound, shaking his head for a moment like a disturbed mental patient.’
      • ‘A private company has been handed the task of taking Scotland's most disruptive and disturbed state school pupils and educating them away from home.’
      • ‘Irrational or disturbed emotional reactions, however, are often maladaptive.’
      troubled, distressed, unsettled, upset, distraught
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Pronunciation

disturbed

/dəˈstərbd//dəˈstərbd/